March 21, 2009

Online petition to name skatepark after Henry Waye, Jr

The folks organizing the petition drive to name the new city skatepark after hit-and-run victim Henry Waye, Jr now have a way for people to sign online here.
There are also petitions around town at a number of businesses.

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

With all due respect, there are a number of Bristol people who have done far more for the community and are completely forgotten after they died. And there are plenty of good kids who were killed tragicly and they also haven't been memorialized like this. Name a scholarship after the kid, but to permanently name a park or a field after someone should be reserved for a select few people.

Anonymous said...

This is an excellent idea. Everyone who wants the city to name the park after Henry should (no disrespect intended to Henry or his family) put their money where their mouth is. Signing a petition is easy. Working to establish a scholarship is, well, work.

Anonymous said...

I heard it can't be done because of the Rockwell Will. Can't go around naming everything in the city was something tragic happens.

Anonymous said...

I meant the scholarship was a good idea. It gives those people who want to, an outlet to express their feelings about what happened to Henry, with no opposition.

Anonymous said...

Scholarship a great idea, perhaps connected with the Art, which would be appropriate.

Would also keep the effort and memory alive as there could be annual fundraisers.

Anonymous said...

Steve what should be considered is a Camera system that would be able to keep the park 99% Safe perhaps leaving this in Henrys memory through donations.

Anonymous said...

Camera's are only as effective as the people monitoring them, and are, at best, a tool for identifying criminals after the fact and assisting in the prosecution thereof.

To think a CCTV system can cover an entire park is nuts - with the right combination of pan-tilt-zoom cameras you can get close, but you still need someone in front of a monitor to watch what's going on, and to be looking in the right place at the right time. Even then, police would need to be dispatched, etc.

Naming the skatepark is a good idea - Henry was a young kid, and an entire generation will remember him when they use the park. It will also hopefully remind those same kids and their parents of how fragile life is and to always remain careful and aware of their surroundings. That's better protection than any bit of technology can provide.

Anonymous said...

Camera's are only as effective as the people monitoring them, and are, at best, a tool for identifying criminals after the fact and assisting in the prosecution thereof.

To think a CCTV system can cover an entire park is nuts - with the right combination of pan-tilt-zoom cameras you can get close, but you still need someone in front of a monitor to watch what's going on, and to be looking in the right place at the right time. Even then, police would need to be dispatched, etc.

Naming the skatepark is a good idea - Henry was a young kid, and an entire generation will remember him when they use the park. It will also hopefully remind those same kids and their parents of how fragile life is and to always remain careful and aware of their surroundings. That's better protection than any bit of technology can provide.

Anonymous said...

Cameras are not the solution: they only give a false sense of security.

In Honor said...

with no disrespect intended, there are not city property monuments in honor of any of our fallen police, fire or servicemen so something else might be implemented in respect to Henry.

Anonymous said...

Why do you always have to bring up police, firemen, or veterans? The world does not revolve around them, but in Bristol it does. All thats missing is stories about our heroic city hall union workers.

common sense said...

it's very hard to rationalize with hot heads such as you, which is the prime reason that time should be honored before making an emptionally charged decision.